Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult compellingly explores mechanics of brainwashing and foregrounds survivors' stories
Over the course of four hour-long episodes, the docuseries delves into the trafficking and psychological and physical abuse of women that occurred at NXIVM, not just at the hands of its founder Keith Raniere, but also his most devoted acolytes, like Smallville actress Allison Mack.
Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel — Netflix's well-intentioned Elisa Lam docu makes some missteps
Netflix's Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel, about the Elisa Lam case, is not the story you think it is. It's a human tragedy, not a paranormal mystery.
I'll Be Gone In the Dark: HBO adaptation of Michelle McNamara's book could reflect best and worst of true crime genre
As much cautionary tale as public service, Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone In the Dark — on the hunt for the Golden State Killer — gets the docuseries treatment courtesy HBO
As Unsolved Mysteries returns to Netflix with a reboot, here's all you need to know about the original true crime show
Unsolved Mysteries, that first premiered in 1985, laid some of the foundation for the modern true-crime phenomenon.
Tiger King review: Murder, mayhem and madness reign in Netflix true crime docuseries based on Joe Exotic
There are moments from the new Netflix true crime docuseries, Tiger King, that seem almost scripted in their sheer outlandishness.
Lost Girls review: New on Netflix in true crime, Amy Ryan film looks at 'imperfect' victims, callous policing
Lost Girls, Netflix's latest true crime offering, revisits the 2010 disappearance of 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert in the state of New York, and her mother's crusade to get the police to investigate the case.
Netflix's The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez docuseries uses murder case of 8-year-old boy to indict a system that let him suffer
The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez is not merely the story of one dysfunctional family. It is the story of a dysfunctional system, one that cannot or does not do enough to protect its most at-risk and defenceless members.
Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez review — Netflix docuseries isn't most compelling take on NFL star's story
At 23, Aaron Hernandez "had it all" — a $40 million contract with the New England Patriots, NFL super-stardom, a baby girl with his fiancée. Then, he was apprehended as a suspect in a murder.
Truth Be Told review: Even Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Caplan can’t elevate Apple TV+’s crime melodrama
One of the chief interests of Truth Be Told lie in decrying a media culture where it is impossible to tell where news ends and entertainment begins.
Unbelievable review: Netflix's true crime drama is an essential and important watch in the #MeToo era
Unbelievable's most vital contribution isn’t in highlighting systemic failures (although it does a good job of it); it is in addressing our beliefs about how rape survivors should act/behave/feel, and in skewering how we re-traumatise those who have already lived through an assault.
Tarantino's latest film may have entirely rewritten the Manson Family murders, but it treats Sharon Tate — as played by Margot Robbie — exactly like the victim of a true crime tale
Abducted In Plain Sight review: Stranger than fiction, this true-crime doc indicts a wily predator and parental inaction
Abducted In Plain Sight is presented as a cautionary tale; whether the caution is against the human capacity for evil or naivety (or both) is left to the viewers to gauge.
The Innocent Man review: This true crime docu-series isn't Netflix's best, but compelling nonetheless
Based on John Grisham's non-fiction book of the same name, The Innocent Man — Netflix's new true crime docu-series — travels to the town of Ada, Oklahoma, to uncover gruesome happenings dating back to the 1980s, and the effects those events continue to have on some present-day residents
West Cork in Ireland is a veritable Eden on earth. And yet, it was in this picturesque spot that the body of Sophie Toscan du Plantier was found, her skull bashed in, two nights before Christmas 1996.
American Crime Story S2: 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' is an unsettling meditation on true crime
In its second season, American Crime Story has turned its attention to the assassination of Gianni Versace. What it offers, is a story on the randomness of violence, and how the true crime genre exploits loss and grief.
Mindhunter may be the more engrossing show, but it lacks the one thing Manhunt: Unabomber wears like a badge of honour – heart
Alias Grace makes you realise that certain things haven’t changed one bit — predatory men are still around (maybe more than ever), women are still struggling to have control of their body and the choice to abort unwanted pregnancies, and the immigration issue still continues to be a matter of shame
Netflix’s creepy and fascinating new show, Mindhunter, digs into the origins of serial killers
Meghna Gulzar's Talvar (2015) was among the rare accounts of the 2008 Noida double murder case that eschewed sensationalism and took an objective view of the tragedy. After Rajesh and Nupur Talwar's acquittal by the Allahabad High Court, Mehna Gulzar spoke with Firstpost about the making of her film.
In his latest book, Found Dead, Shantanu Guha Ray attempts to objectively portray the stories behind nine bewildering deaths (including the Sunanda Pushkar, Rizwanur Rahman and Sheena Bora cases)